In 1964, a book entitled The Invisible Government shocked Americans with its revelations of a growing world of intelligence agencies playing fast and loose around the planet, a secret government lodged inside the one they knew that even the president didn't fully control. Almost half a century later, everything about that "invisible government" has grown vastly larger, more disturbing, and far more visible. In his new book, Tom Engelhardt takes in something new under the sun: what is no longer, as in the 1960s, a national security state, but a global security one, fighting secret wars that have turned the president into an assassin-in-chief. Shadow Government offers a powerful survey of a democracy of the wealthy that your grandparents wouldn't have recognized.
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About the Author
Tom Engelhardt created and runs the TomDispatch.com website, a project of the Nation Institute, where he is a fellow. He is the author of The American Way of War and The United States of Fear, both published by Haymarket Books; a highly praised history of American triumphalism in the cold war, The End of Victory Culture; and of a novel, The Last Days of Publishing. He lives in New York.
Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for The Intercept and the author, most recently, of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.
Table of Contents
Foreword Glenn Greenwald 1
1 The Shadow Government's Secret Religion 3
2 How the US Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows 17
3 How to Be a Rogue Superpower 29
4 Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence 43
5 Definitions for a New Age 61
6 Why Washington Can't Stop 91
7 Overwrought Empire 109
8 The Obama Contradiction 127
9 Destroying the Planet for Record Profits 137
10 A Golden Age for Journalism 149
Afterword: Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower 157
A Note on the Text 165